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Microsoft retires Groove Music service

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  1. Frands

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    Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Groove Music two years ago, in a bid to make its music streaming service more relevant to consumers. Despite the name change, Groove always felt like a vestige of the Zune era at Microsoft and something that consumers were unaware of. Microsoft is now giving up on Groove Music today, and partnering with Spotify instead.
    Microsoft will stop selling Groove Music passes soon (to stream music), and any customers subscribed to the service will be refunded pro-rata once Groove Music Pass is discontinued on December 31st. After December 31st, Microsoft’s Groove Music app will no longer support streaming music or the ability to purchase and download songs.
    Microsoft is partnering with Spotify to make it easy for Groove Music subscribers to move their playlists over to the rival music streaming service. An update to the Groove Music app will be available for Windows 10 users next week, and Windows Insiders will get early access this week. Microsoft and Spotify have been working together on a Windows 10 app and a separate app for the Xbox One, so it’s not a surprise to see Microsoft pick Spotify as its preferred partner for Groove Music subscribers.


    Full story: https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/2/16401898/microsoft-groove-music-pass-discontinued-spotify-partner
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    recgord27 Walking down a dusty road

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    I sometimes wish the whole music download scene would go away. It has all but destroyed the music industry imo. It's a constant battle to find a reasonably priced album, whether on cd or vinyl. They seem to be a specialist item nowadays if you want physical media.
     
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    Cadleson Unfortunate Son

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    @recgord27 Industry perhaps, but the digital age and downloads have revamped the scope of musical indulgence by a country mile. More people are now exposed to great music as a result because technology has stormed the world and everyone can listen in everyone isn't being driven by the modern trash today they call music in which its worth is solely determined by how high it charts.

    I was exposed to good music because of my parents and I can see where your frustration comes from, but it's innovative, to say the least, what's going on these days with some music... Just as it was back then. It's just that the mainstream sh!t clouds the good stuff, sadly.

    But cheers, friend. You have only the best taste in music. :cheers2
     
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    recgord27 Walking down a dusty road

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    I get your point of view @Cadleson, but don't you sometimes think less is more. Back in the day it was a joy when something new came out. There were maybe 5-10 major releases a month, and most times we swapped tapes to get what we wanted. Now there are 1000's of releases a month and we don't even get to hear about even 1% of it. I get jaded if I have to wade through all the stuff that comes through. Nowadays I rely mostly on recommendations from Classic Rock Forum and music buddies. Another thing with the quantity issue is that you just don't get the time to appreciate the music. I like to listen to an album a few times before deciding whether it's good, bad or great.

    BTW, You also have a great music taste and I can see that you really appreciate music. :cheers2
     
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    @recgord27 Yes, I completely understand. That's part of my point too. The overshadowing of good music with an overabundance of crappy releases. You have to fish in the big web sea, I guess.

    Less is definitely more nowadays.
     
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    I agree 100 % with you. It was more fun in the good ol' days when we picked a new album in the music store. The CD is almost dying out in some countries but the vinyl is returning, though. Them vinyls are just to expensive. And yes there is lots of crappy releases with artists that can't sing or play their instruments without help from a bazillion digital softwares and visa versa! Well, there is other streaming services than Microsoft Groove, but I still miss the fun in the physical music shop!
     
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    They could price match or be close to it when it comes to physical media. I find it ridiculous that CDs can cost 30-40 dollars.
     
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    This really sounds insane to me! Then I better understand why the CD is dying out. I'm wondering how much you have to pay for a digital album there. When I'm buying a digital album over at Microsoft Grove or Google Play the cost is normally from something like 11-13 US$ - tax and other dunderheaded Danish fees included.
     
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    Digital albums are far less pricey which is giving people incentive to go digital. Maybe if physical media outlets want to sell maybe they should price match and they'd get some better results.
     
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